Thursday, July 31st, 2014 10:22 pm
Exhausted from traveling.  Tatra Puppy is sleeping in guest room.   Gotta shop for new camera now to share the pics.
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 04:41 pm
We discovered that you have to be a committer on a repository in order to claim a bug for yourself on Github. If you're not one, you have to ask someone to assign the bug to you.

This didn't really seem feasible, so we've fixed it. You can now claim an issue by leaving a comment with the words "claim", "claimed", or "claiming".

Case doesn't matter -- you can use capital letters if you want. You can also have other words be part of the comment, so you don't need to memorize a specific format. "I'm claiming this" will work just as well as "Claimed!".

Claiming will only work if the current issue is not yet claimed -- this will avoid the problem of accidentally grabbing the bug from someone else during a long discussion about claiming something else in a different context.

You *do* need to be part of the Dreamwidth contributors team on Github before assigning issues will work so we've gone and added everyone who's been active in the past year (if you got an email from Github welcoming you the Dreamwidth contributors team that's what that's about!). If you're a new contributor, you'll be automatically added when you give your CLA to [staff profile] denise.

For existing contributors, do double-check if you're on any of the Dreamwidth teams. If it shows you a list of teams you're on, you're good! If we missed you somehow and tells you that you're not on any teams, let us know and we'll add you ASAP.
Monday, July 28th, 2014 04:12 pm
Hi all,

I'm moving the next chat meeting back a week, to Saturday, August 9, at 12 pm EDT. I hope this doesn't inconvenience any one, but neither Fey nor I can promise to be around this coming weekend.

I hope the hack date on Sunday was productive! Hopefully I can be there for the next one. :)
Monday, July 28th, 2014 01:42 am

We have two main branches in the Dreamwidth repositories: master and develop.

master was intended to be used but... never really got any love.

So here's what I propose: remove all the instructions in our documentation which mention master, and just have 'develop`.

Since develop is where all work goes, nothing in the dev workflow will officially change. But occasionally we have accidents where master gets merged into developinstead of the other way around, or someone finds themselves on master when they should be on develop instead -- and removing any mention of master from our instructions should prevent that from ever happening again.

As for what will happen to master... we never actually used it, and at this point ingrained habits for develop + all setups old and new assume develop, so I suggest we continue not using master the way we currently do.

Sunday, July 27th, 2014 09:23 am
FYI -- the aforementioned "let's sit down and work on things!" time is going on now in IRC and will be for a couple of hours. I've you've a project you've been meaning to work on but haven't found the time or motivation, come on over and join us!
Sunday, July 27th, 2014 06:02 pm
Other than holiday planning, which is also going slow these days, I am not leading a terribly interesting life at the moment. I am usually either

* working or commuting to work
* reading way too many blogs
* exercising (handstand kicks are progressing nicely!)
* doing housework (is it September yet so I can have my husband back?)
* rewatching old TV series (Buffy season 3, The West Wing season 1)
* playing Ingress (almost level 14!)

No, this entry doesn't have a big point...
Friday, July 25th, 2014 10:22 pm

July 25 marks three years since I started [community profile] ponyville_trot, the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic community. It is still the one and only active MLP community on Dreamwidth. It is also the best MLP community on Dreamwidth. Like the Journal of Friendship, it is not a personal blog, it is a community where all can post news, activity, art... anything related to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. And because the Brony fandom is such a hive of activity, there is a lot to post about and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Since I like art and music and I post many times a week, there are nearly 500 examples of the best art ever and over 70 posts dedicated to music selected from literally thousands of tracks. And there is so much more -- craftwork, story telling, gaming, cosplay, photography, animation, meet-ups... all these things that have been sparked by a world populated with magical colourful ponies.

Each one of us has something special which makes us different, which makes us shine. So come share the light that shines within you, because when we come together...

[community profile] ponyville_trot
Saturday, July 26th, 2014 02:12 am
I'm living with my parents again.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. :/
Friday, July 25th, 2014 09:50 pm
The gymnastic rings have arrived! And they are so very awesome. Yay, shiny new toy :-)
Thursday, July 24th, 2014 11:05 pm
My availability is going to be very low from now until Aug 7 due to a combination of travel, getting the kids ready to reenter school, and rehearsals for a piece I'm performing Aug 5.

I will probably end up rescheduling the Aug 2 dev chat for Aug 9 unless someone else steps up to take charge for the day.

Further updates as events warrant.
Thursday, July 24th, 2014 11:43 pm
Gentle Readers
a newsletter made for sharing
volume 1, number 15
24th July 2014: catch them, Rimeq
What I’ve been up to

I read a choose-your-own-adventure science fiction book when I was little. It concerned the efforts of an alien named Rimeq to take over the world, and the hero's efforts to stop him. This was made more difficult because Rimeq possessed the ability to move objects around with his mind (telekinesis). The only part which has stayed in my head is towards the end, when the hero has reached Rimeq's room but Rimeq has paralysed him by telekinesis, the police have been stopped similarly, and so have the spaceships bringing help, and the stress is showing on Rimeq's face. Finally the hero manages to take some rings off his fingers and throw them at Rimeq, shouting, "Catch them, Rimeq, they're grenades!" This is the final straw; the stress on Rimeq's mind is too much, and he is taken away catatonic.

So as I mentioned earlier, we have been moving house, and several moments have made me think, "Catch them, Rimeq"-- in particular, I meant to put out an edition of Gentle Readers on Monday as usual, but exhaustion won. Sorry for the interruption in service; meanwhile, I've been very encouraged by the messages I've had telling me how much you enjoy reading Gentle Readers.

Many people are due public thanks for helping us get through the last week. In particular, I want to thank the people of St John's church, Egham; as the obstacles to getting moved grew more and more formidable, so more and more people from St John's turned up unasked to help. We couldn't have managed without you. Thanks also go to the Gentle Reader who offered a garage when the movers needed to deliver before the landlord could give us the key. And thanks to the people from the Runnymede Besom, who turned up to take away some furniture we'd donated, but then came back later to help clean up. That's what love in action looks like, and I'll do my best to pay it forward. Thank you all.

A poem of mine


Electric sparkles in your touch,
the echoes of an amber god.
You fill my batteries with such
electric sparkles in your touch,
that Tesla would have charged too much
and Franklin dropped his lightning-rod:
electric sparkles in your touch,
the echoes of an amber god.

A picture

I was going to draw you a cartoon as usual, but my tablet is still packed away. Instead, here are some photos I took when I was working in London earlier this year.
Trains in the sidings at Clapham Junction, the busiest railway station in Britain.
More than a hundred trains an hour come through.
The tombstone of Jason Binder:
"He respected all living things. His inspiration lives on."
And it lives on with me, too, even though his epitaph is all I know about him.


Something from someone else

Does this one really need an introduction? Well, if you've never seen it before, then you have the joy of seeing it for the first time; the Guardian has a decent analysis if you're interested in digging into it. "Baggonets" is an archaic form of the word "bayonets", and Kensal Green is a large London cemetery, one of the magnificent seven. There is a pub called "Paradise" near there now; it was named for the poem.

by G K Chesterton

Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode,
The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road.
A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire,
And after him the parson ran, the sexton and the squire;
A merry road, a mazy road, and such as we did tread
The night we went to Birmingham by way of Beachy Head.

I knew no harm of Bonaparte and plenty of the Squire,
And for to fight the Frenchman I did not much desire;
But I did bash their baggonets because they came arrayed
To straighten out the crooked road an English drunkard made,
Where you and I went down the lane with ale-mugs in our hands,
The night we went to Glastonbury by way of Goodwin Sands.

His sins they were forgiven him; or why do flowers run
Behind him; and the hedges all strengthening in the sun?
The wild thing went from left to right and knew not which was which,
But the wild rose was above him when they found him in the ditch.
God pardon us, nor harden us; we did not see so clear
The night we went to Bannockburn by way of Brighton Pier.

My friends, we will not go again or ape an ancient rage,
Or stretch the folly of our youth to be the shame of age,
But walk with clearer eyes and ears this path that wandereth,
And see undrugged in evening light the decent inn of death;
For there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen,
Before we go to Paradise by way of Kensal Green.


Gentle Readers is published on Mondays and Thursdays, and I want you to share it. The archives are at , and so is a form to get on the mailing list. If you have anything to say or reply, or you want to be added or removed from the mailing list, I’m at and I’d love to hear from you. The newsletter is reader-supported; please pledge something if you can afford to, and please don't if you can't. Love and peace to you all.

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 11:01 pm

It has been more than a year since my original posting (‘Filesystem for large USB storage devices?’), but the issue still exists. I did some research on this topic and found the following relevant links:

  • There has been a patch for ext[234] floating around since 2012 that would introduce mount options to enforce UID and GID similar how it already exists for vfat mounts. LWN has an article on this topic:
    Here is the discussion LWN is referring to:
    I wonder why nothing more happened here. There were some nay-sayers which seem to discourage the original patch author and eventually choked the discussion. Great job, guys :-P
Read more... )
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 06:13 pm
Instead of a dev chat this weekend, I'm planning on doing some DW work on Sunday morning my time for a while. I welcome anybody who's interested to hop on IRC for some low-key proximal (chronologically) hack time.

There is no real schedule or plan: you can and should work on whatever you want, whether it be code, docs, support requests, styles, design, or even just hanging out and not doing any project if you just want to be social. Although I don't intend to spend a lot of time chatting (it's hacking time for me!) but I will be around for questions.

Date: Sunday 2014-07-27
Time: ~9AM PDT / 1600 UTC

Hope to see some of you there!
Monday, July 21st, 2014 09:56 pm
I am in the chemist's waiting for a prescription to be filled, and eavesdropping.

Customer, to assistant: How much is this?
Assistant: (scans it repeatedly) Dunno.
Pharmacist: What's up?
Assistant: Every time I scan this, it just says "enter price", "enter price".
Marn: (under breath) These are the voyages of the Starship Enter Price...
(Pharmacist laughs. Assistant looks confused.)
Pharmacist: Well, *I* thought it was funny.
Monday, July 21st, 2014 07:15 am
Need 'prosumer' Digital SLR camera recs (or warnings!) for photographing small animals, artistic photography, and video.   Previous camera was a Canon PowerShot S5 I1 that lasted me just over 6 yrs.  Cost to repair it is quoted ~$250-$300 which is around what it cost at the time :-(
Sunday, July 20th, 2014 11:42 pm
Today was the broadcast of Monty Python's last performance together. It was by turns predictable and surprising. All of the most popular sketches were represented, but there were some new songs, some rewritten songs, and some celebrity guest appearances. Carol Cleveland was there and looked amazing, although it gave me whiplash to see her play the confused old woman being tortured by the Spanish Inquisition one moment, and then the beautiful young receptionist at the Argument Clinic the next.

I've followed Monty Python from my 1989 discovery of the Flying Circus and the feature films, through the subsequent incessant repackaging and remarketing of all their material, through all the various projects of the individual members in the years that followed, through the zany camaraderie of on Usenet, through the live show "Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python" and the Broadway musical "Spamalot" - all the while saying they would never perform together again. And then finally they did, and it was glorious.

And as the show wore on, they started cracking each other up, and flubbing lines, which cracked them up even more - oh, they seemed to be having so much fun. And there was one adorable unscripted moment when Cleese and Palin stopped mid-dialogue, and looked up toward heaven, and gave Graham Chapman a thumbs up.

And then they came back on stage one last time to lead a global singalong of "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" and I started crying because it was THE END. And it felt very final. I am still pretty teary to be honest.

But I'm glad they got to have a last hurrah and go out together with a smile.
Sunday, July 20th, 2014 12:31 am
RIP Susan, bugland's (and mine, but mostly bug's) little black cat. She was at least 20 (years, not lbs.   in lbs the most she ever got was a bit over 5 I believe).

Saturday, July 19th, 2014 09:05 pm

As a littl'un, my daughter was interested not only in Ancient Egypt but also in the Soap Lady in the Mütter museum-- a corpse which has become entirely saponified, turned to the soapy substance called adipocere. One day, when my daughter was about five, I was sitting reading while she was playing in the park, and eavesdropping on her conversation with another girl:

Other Girl: "Do you know what happens to you when you die?"
Rio: "Yes. You turn into soap."
Other Girl: "No... you turn into stone. I know because my grandma died and I touched her and she was as cold as a stone."

Saturday, July 19th, 2014 10:26 am
In a few minutes we'll be starting a meeting in #dreamwidth-dev! Please drop by if you're around and chat with us!

If you aren't able to make today's meeting, the next meeting will be on Saturday, August 9, at 12 pm EDT.

Update: Here's a list of topics we discussed today:

  • moving chat meetings to every other week, and having social hack time on alternate weeks
  • new mobile styles: current status, and what needs to be done (helpers welcome)
  • Github Issues: still working on getting tags and teams into shape
  • project tracking for non-development projects (e.g. documentation) and non-public projects (security issues)
  • general tracking of larger developer projects (using milestones for this)

And a partial list of topics to follow up with next time:

  • revisit scheduling if needed; was social hack time productive?
  • specific "what are we working on" discussion/issues (chat? blogs? other?)
  • revisit new mobile styles / Github Issues to discuss progress

In attendance were myself, deborahGU, Afuna, alierak, zorkian, and Sophira.

Raw chat log under the cut. )
Saturday, July 19th, 2014 12:03 am
I'm a centaur, I'm a centaur,
From Manchester way
I drink lots of beer and

I eat lots of hay
I may be a man at my neckline
But from the waist down I'm an equine.